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Now form, and whatever may depend on form, reveals in various ways inner and spiritual energy. To recognise this inner energy is a part of man's destiny; for thereby he learns to know himself, his relation to his surroundings, and consequently, absolute being. It is, therefore, an essential part of human educa­ tion to teach the human being, not only how to apprehend but also how to represent form; and, inasmuch as the perpendicular relations (of the vertical and horizontal) aid the development of form-consciousness, the external representa­ tion of these relations as a means for the study and representation of form is based on the very nature of man and of the subject of instruction.

It is, therefore, an essential part of human educa­ tion to teach the human being, not only how to apprehend but also how to represent form; and, inasmuch as the perpendicular relations (of the vertical and horizontal) aid the development of form-consciousness, the external representa­ tion of these relations as a means for the study and representation of form is based on the very nature of man and of the subject of instruction. "Verticals and horizontals give a square network. " For actual exercises he would provide "a slate ruled in a network of squares and a slate pencil .

When he can write well and quick, I think it may be convenient not only to continue the exercise of his hand in writing, but also to improve the use of it The Schoolmasters 21 farther in Drawing; a Tiling very useful to a Gentleman in several Occasions; but especially if he travel, as that which helps a man often to express, in a few Lines well put together, what a whole sheet of paper in Writing would not be able to represent and make intelligible. How many Buildings may a man see, how many Machines and Habits meet with, the Ideas whereof would be easily retain'd and communicated by a little skill in Drawing; which being committed to words are in danger to be lost, or at best ill retained in the most exact descriptions?

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